The Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences’ official national selection organization, NOSC, has announced that Nigeria has withdrew from the race for the 2023 Oscars.
The NOSC’s chair, Chineze Anyaene-Abonyi, said the committee was sorry to announce that no eligible submission had been found.
The 15-member community was unable to choose between three competing titles
due to their voting preferences, according to a statement signed by Abonyi.
“Although the committee received three epic films following its call for submissions in August,
it turned out that none of them will advance to the next stage owing to the voting patterns of members,” an excerpt of the statement reads per The Punch.
The committee delivered a ‘no film eligibility’ verdict on September 3, 2022.
The NOSC committee oversees Nigerian applications each year and selects the finest ones for the international feature film category,
which was establishe by the Academy to honor films from throughout the world.
However, since the committee’s last presentation a potential Oscar contender in 2020 with Desmond Obviagele’s “The Milkmaid,”
this will be the second consecutive “non-eligibility” decision.
Also recall that the same issue occurred last year,
After several weeks of discussion, the committee declared there will be no submission in October 2021.
Meanwhile, before the NOSC announcement, Kunle Afolayan and Mo Abudu
announced that their non-English films, “Anikulapo” and “Elesin Oba,” would have a brief theatrical run.
Even fans of Femi Adebayo’s “King Of Thieves” had hoped to spark interest in the committee, ahead of Oscars 2023